Metastatic cervical paravertebral solitary fibrous tumor detected by fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography.
Solitary fibrous tumor/hemangiopericytomas (SFT/HPC) are soft tissue tumors that can arising from the abomen, pleura, head and neck, or extremities. We report an unusual case of recurrent hemangiopericytoma in a 67-year-old female presenting with a painless and palpable mass within her right posterior neck. Eight years after initial resection of the mass, a follow-up MRI showed multiple enlarging calvarial lesions. A whole body FDG-PET/CT revealed not only hypermetabolic calvarial lesions but also numerous hypermetabolic axillary node and osseous metastases. Though the majority of these soft tissue tumors exhibit benign behavior and carry a favorable prognosis, patients with these slow growing tumors are at risk for local recurrence and distant metastases which demonstrate substantial FDG avidity. Additional studies are needed to clarify the role of whole body FDG-PET/CT in the surveillance of SFT/HPC to detect recurrent or metastatic lesions.
Cheung, H; Lawhn-Heath, C; Lopez, G; Vella, M; Aparici, CM
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